Nutrition Scholars Community @OU Health Presentation
October 15, 2021 @ 12:30 pm CT
Rabiya Bower MHSc, RD, LDN
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Title: Reclaiming our Plate: Why the U.S. Nutrition Narrative Cuts Culture and Carbs
Description: This session aims to explore the questions, "Does racial bias affect the foods we choose to eat? Who decides which foods end up on MyPlate and in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans?" We'll discuss the history of food guides in the U.S., explore how the "white lens" is applied to our perception of healthy eating, and explore culturally sensitive applications for MyPlate. You'll leaving with a broader understanding of food identity, cultural "othering" and privilege of eating well.
Bio: Rabiya Bower is the Program Coordinator for MS in Nutrition & Dietetic Practice/RDN Program at Thomas Jefferson University. Her previous positions include a retail dietitian for a conventional grocery store, a school nutrition educator for The Food Trust, and a nutritionist for WIC. She loves exploring and discussing the joyous connection between food and culture. In her free time, Rabiya loves to spend too much time online window shopping, re-read and re-watch all things Harry Potter, and burst into spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen with her daughter. You can see what they're cooking on her Instagram at @rabiyabowerrd